Forward 300 years into the future and the world is controlled by the Globalsoft Corporation. Conformity reigns. Citizens watch the same movies, listen to computer-generated music, wear the same clothes and hold the same thoughts and opinions. Musical instruments are outlawed, and rock music is unknown. Ruling Globalsoft Corporation and keeping citizens in check is Killer Queen and her police chief, Khashoggi. Enter young misfits Galileo and Scaramouche and a struggle begins for the right to free thought and music.
We Will Rock You (WWRY) is a musical based on the songs of British rock band, Queen and a novel by Ben Elton. Over 16 million theatregoers in 28 countries have been thrilled by this awe-inspiring production.
WWRY will feature stunning costumes, sets and lighting and, of course, Queen’s legendary hits including We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Somebody to Love, Killer Queen, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody and Another One Bites The Dust. More than 200 cast and crew students will be involved in the production across Years 4 – 12.
John Paul College stages major musical productions every two years, so it’s with great excitement that 2018 brings with it the chance for students to take to the stage for the experience that many rate as being amongst their best school memories. It also presents the opportunity for former and new generations of the College community to experience the talent, quality and professionalism that has been synonymous with College musical productions for the past 30 years.
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Headlining John Paul College’s 2018 production of We Will Rock You are seven very excited and exceptionally talented students.
Jai Bofinger – Galileo
Olivia George – Killer Queen
Ethan Rutledge – Khashoggi
Sophie Moman – Scaramouche
Emma Cobb – Oz
Charli Garner – Buddy
Aryan Mudaliar – Brit
Jai Bofinger is the first to admit that Galileo is a new type of character for him. A seasoned member of the School of Performing Arts (who started dancing and singing at just three), Jai’s past credits include playing the role of Oliver in the College’s 2014 production, Oliver and the Scarecrow in The Wiz (2016). He is a regular performer with Queensland Theatre Company and has performed at the Brisbane Shakespeare Festival and has toured with Disney’s Mary Poppins Australasian production in 2012. Jai is a member of four College ensembles and devotes over 20 hours a week to developing his skills – skills which he hope will lead to a career in musical theatre when he graduates this year.
Olivia George will juggle the demands of Year 12 study with WWRY rehearsals and almost 30 hours of co-curricular commitments, music and singing lessons but wouldn’t have it any other way. She is leaving no stone unturned to learn about her character, the resident ‘villain’, Killer Queen. She says watching different productions of WWRY on You Tube is allowing her to take techniques from different actors and apply them to her performance. Dancing since she was two, Olivia has always been passionate about singing but became serious about it in Year 8. WWRY will be her third musical.
Year 11 student Ethan Rutledge will soon lay claim to performing two musicals in two continents. Venezuelan born, Ethan has also lived in Mexico, Pakistan and Alaska and scored a lead role in The Wizard of Oz while living in the United States.
“We researched many schools when we moved to Australia but couldn’t go past John Paul College and its reputation for quality musical productions and its performing arts programme,” he said.
Ethan cites his major musical influences as old jazz/swing singers and actors including Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. Post school, Ethan hopes to return to the US to attend Berkley College of Music or gain a place in NIDA or WAAPA in Australia.
With stage credits including three professional musical threatre productions at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (Annie – 2012, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – 2014 and Sound of Music – 2016), Sophie Moman is certainly no stranger to the stage. Sophie, who is in Year 9, has already started her own business (SOPHIE.ANN) and is currently recording her first EP album which she hopes will get picked up by commercial radio and lead to a recording contract.
As understudy for Dorothy in The Wiz in the College’s 2016 production, she loves the comraderies that develops between cast and crew.
“My cast mates are so talented, and the band is just ridiculous. I love that we all just get to jam together to Queen’s classic rock songs. The audience is going to love this show.”
“I love my character. Although Scaramouche presents with a touch, sarcastic exterior, it’s actually a mask to hid the pain of not fitting in. Once she finally finds ‘somebody to love’ her walls start coming down and she shows warmth, kindness and love.”
For someone who made her singing teacher face the wall when she first starting singing lessons such were her nerves, Charli Garner has come a long way.
“I’ve always been interested in music. My family are very loud and love music,” she says.
“My sisters and I knew the greats at a very young age (I use ‘greats’ loosely as they were my mother’s version of the greats). I played the trumpet from when I was 10 until I was 15 but singing is definitely the thing for me.”
Charli, a Year 12 student, credits her part in The Wiz in 2016 as one of the best experiences of her life and the reason for her performance confidence.
“Buddy is a character I am super excited to play. Buddy is silly, relaxed and very funny, and I think I can do a lot with the character. I’ve been watching past productions of the show and how different actors play around with his mannerisms and characteristics,” she said.
Come show-time in July, some of the proudest audience members will be Charli’s grandparents who she says are her biggest musical influences and supporters.
Aryan Mudaliar, who will play Brit, experienced his first taste of a John Paul College production as a Year 10 student new to the College when he saw Back in Time and was hooked.
“The first JPC musical I saw was Back in Time. I remember how exciting it was to watch as it explored many genres.”
Now a dedicated member of the School of Performing Arts, Aryan participates in Wind Orchestra, Big Band, Rock Band 2, Jazz Combo Junior, Concert Choir and the Chamber Choir.
The bright lights of the West End or Broadway beckon for Year 9 student, Emma Cobb. Already a stage veteran with three professional productions under her belt (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – 2014, The Sound of Music – 2016 and Matilda – 2016/17), Emma recently completed her first television show (Grace Beside Me) which screened on NITV and ABCme and will air on Disney later this year.
With a gruelling schedule that sees Emma dancing up to four hours each weeknight and additional acting lessons and ensemble rehearsals, Emma has no illusions about the work it takes to make it professionally.
Emma says her dream role is to play Elphaba in Wicked. For now, she’s most looking forward to singing No One But You in WWRY.
“It is very emotional and close to my heart and to my family as it’s my Mum’s favourite. I think everyone can relate to it.”
Amanda Waddell – Artistic and Executive Director
Ms Amanda Waddell has had a love for theatre and performing since she was young and shares that passion with her students in class and on stage. She is an educator because she loves seeing students challenge themselves and succeed in ways they never imagined.
Amanda received her double degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education in Drama and Dance from Queensland University of Technology. Since graduating from QUT she has taught at a range of schools both public and independent in Brisbane and overseas in London.
Amanda began performing at a young age but found her passion behind the scenes as choreographer and director. She has an extensive choreography and directing resume and a few of her favourite past shows include Beauty and the Beast, Grease, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hades – a Rock Eisteddfod Love Story.
Amanda is a member of the Drama Queensland Association and Ausdance Queensland. When not at school she enjoys cooking, reading, coffee with friends and hanging out with her family, Corin and fur-baby Typo.
A.R. Bobby Gallo – Musical Director
Mr. A.R. Bobby Gallo has established himself as one of Australia’s leading music educators, distinguishing himself with an impressive record of achievement in a variety of musical settings. His musical diversity has allowed him to produce outstanding choirs, orchestras, jazz bands and concert bands. As Director of Music at Mercy College, Perth WA, from 1998 to 2001, Bobby established choral and instrumental programmes, later recording and touring with the Mercy College Concert Choir and Jazz Band. He has directed and performed with these ensembles at the Sydney International Music Festival in Australia, Montreux Jazz Festival and the Vienna International Youth and Music Festival with outstanding results.
Bobby then moved to the position of Director of Music at Methodist Ladies’ College, Perth, WA from 2001 to 2012. Under his guidance the Chorale, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band have toured internationally and performed at the World Choir Games in Graz, Montreux Jazz Festival, La Madeleine in Paris, St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Musikverein and Summa Cum Laude Festival in Vienna and the Llangollen Eisteddfod in Wales.
In 2013 Bobby commenced as the Director of the School of Performing Arts at John Paul College, Brisbane, Queensland. Since commencing at John Paul College, he has further developed the School of Performing Arts Programme, enabling the various ensembles to soar to new heights and achieve great success. Under his direction the College’s Big Band, Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choir have performed at premier venues and events nationally and internationally.
Sharne Andrews – Assistant Stage Manager and Band Rehearsal Director
Mr Sharne Andrews first started playing the guitar in middle school following a keen interest in contemporary music, studying with Barry Moreton and Jim Kelly. Sharne honed his skills performing in a range of bands in the Brisbane area. This interest quickly developed into a passion for teaching and has continued now for over twenty years.
Before coming to the College, Sharne taught at many schools and independent studios. Sharne worked for the independent studio, Learn Music for twelve years teaching guitar, outsourcing teaching to schools, developing curriculum, training teaching staff, developing an ensemble program and promoting the students.
In 2012 Sharne joined John Paul College providing and coordinating the guitar programme, directing the Rock Band programmes, developing their skills and enhancing their success. In 2014 he started the Jazz Combo programme which has become a highly regarded ensemble in the College.
Sean Andrews – Vocal Director (Leads and Senior Cast)
Mr Sean Andrews has performed, produced, musically directed and taught since 1996. His performance credits are extensive and include a national tour of Pirates of Penzance and more than 40 operas with Opera Australia and Opera Queensland. Most recently with Opera Queensland he has performed in Candide and understudied the main role of Candide and as well as Barber of Serville, Kiss me Kate and Ruddigore.
Performance credits also include ensemble and over 80 performances of Piangi for Phantom of the Opera throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe from which he has just returned and also Australian Premier performances of the roles of Chauvalin in The Scarlet Pimpernel and Mr. Andrews in Titanic-the Musical.
Sean has completed his Masters of Music in vocal crossover – the study of classical, musical theatre and jazz/contemporary concurrently, which is understood to be a world first. The study of this subject has brought international attention to the techniques used to cross between styles. This can be seen in his peer review article, The World of Vocal Crossover, for the Voice and Speech Review, USA. He has also given a paper for the National Convention for ANATS and has been invited to speak at the 8th International Congress of Voice Teachers in 2013.
Alison McTaggart – Costume Designer/Props Director
After working across different areas within the College, Alison commenced with the School of Performing Arts in 2016 as Administration Assistant and Music Librarian. She has taken up the position of costume and prop director for ‘We Will Rock You’ with great enthusiasm.
Alison has drawn on many years of experience assisting dance studios with design and sourcing of dance costume items for numerous dance concerts and performances of jazz, ballet and tap.
Alison has extensive experience in secretarial, administration and customer service positions over many years in Personal Assistant and Administration Officer roles in Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane. She feels totally at home in the Performing Arts at JPC and thoroughly enjoys assisting students, parents and staff in all areas of the department.